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Friday, April 18, 2014

WESPAC sets meetings in CNMI, Guam

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is hosting its 115th Science and Statistical Committee meeting in Honolulu on March 11-13.

The 159th Council meeting will be held in the CNMI on March 17-18 and then in Guam on March 20-21.

The Council will also convene meetings of the Mariana Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan, or FEP, Plan Team, Guam Regional Ecosystem Advisory Committee, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Regional Ecosystem Advisory Committee, the Joint Mariana FEP Plan team and Advisory Panel and the Council’s Standing Committees. The meetings will be held from March 11 through March 21, 2014. For specific times and agendas, visit http://www.wpcouncil.org/meetings-and-events/.

Key agenda items for the 115th Scientific and Statistical Committee meeting are CNMI bottomfish fishery, determining probability of overfishing, acceptable biological catches for coral reef species, American Samoa longline fishery, and Hawaii longline fishery (Eastern Pacific Ocean bigeye tuna catch limit).

Key agenda items for the 159th Council Meeting are:
In the CNMI: Agency reports, Marianas Trench Marine National Monument, CNMI bottomfish area closure modification, determining probability of overfishing, social economic and ecological management uncertainty, acceptable biological catches for coral reef species and American Samoa fisheries development. Public comment on non-agenda items will be taken on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, from 4pm to 5pm.

In Guam: Guam community development activities and issues, Hawaii bottomfish management, American Samoa longline fishery, Hawaii longline fishery (targeting big eye tuna) and protected species issues. Public comment on non-agenda items will be taken on Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 4pm to 5pm.

Written comments received by March 7 will be copied and distributed to Council members prior to the meeting. After March 7, it is the submitter’s responsibility to provide Council staff with an adequate number of copies at the meeting (minimum of 40 copies). Do not miss your chance to be heard.

Written comments can be submitted by e-mail to info.wpcouncil@noaa.gov, faxed to (808) 522-8226, or mailed to the Council office at 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813. (WESPAC)

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